I set out to write this shocked that summer is finished. When did it start? The last months are a blur. Since our last News post, we’ve shot a heavier assignment workload than is normal for us and moved from the Italian Dolomites to our new home in Interlaken, Switzerland. We’ve only been settled in a couple of weeks but it’s already feeling like us, has a great office and is set for visitors wanting to come play in the Berner Oberland.
And now, the News…
The Swiss CrissCross
On July 14 we set out on our Swiss CrissCross project, a double crossing of Switzerland, first on the road, then back through the Alps on mountain bikes. The project was a huge success, the weather played fair, and the resulting photos are an amazing collection from this huge experience. Best of all, I only cracked two ribs, sprained both wrists and face planted once. To read more about the trip, and see photos, visit our Swiss CrissCross Post.
In early August we presented our first ever Mountain Sport Photography Workshop. In conjunction with Switzerland’s Viewfinder Center for Photography and our great friend Matt Anderson, we hosted a three day program at Kleine Scheidegg, right at the base of the famed Eiger North Wall. The workshop went well and upcoming editions are already in the works. Dates to be released as we schedule.
We were fortunate to get to work with some great climbers and mountain guides for several days at the Dolomites Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The group were Ambassadors of Eddie Bauer’s First Ascent line of technical mountain gear. Our job was to document a their trip and photograph them climbing the famous Cima Grande North Face. It was not a shoot for which the weather God’s played fair, but in the end it worked out. Full story & photos at Dolomites First Ascent Shoot.
The Dolomites Alta Via 2
Starting next week, we will be on assignment to shoot the Dolomites Alta Via 2. Together with American writer, Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad fame, we will hike the length of the trail from north to south, including doing numerous Via Ferrate along the way. The AV2, with these Ferrate, is a strong contender for Best of the Dolomites – we’ll find out. Based on Brendan’s reputation, we are going to have some serious fun with an entertaining commentary, follow along on Twitter @patitucciphoto and @semi-rad
The Tour of Beijing
We have been contracted to be one of two official photographers at the Tour of Beijing Pro Cycling Race this October. The event is in its second year and draws the same teams as the Tour de France. Our function is to document the overall experience of a pro cycling event in China, and to juxtapose the culture of cycling in China with a major professional race. This project combines everything I love most about photography, travel, documenting a culture and the sport of cycling.
Rodrigues Island Trail Running
Where? Exactly… Rodrigues is a tiny island in the southern Indian Ocean. Together with American writer and ultra runner Meghan Hicks, we have been invited by the Rodrigues Island Tourism Office to come and see the island’s potential as a sport destination, and to tell the story of their Trail Race.
Olympic Track Cyclist Documentary
Undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable assignments we shot this year is of the Cuban Olympic track cyclist Lisandra Guerra. The assignment was shot for the Swiss news site, SwissInfo.ch, and is an audio journal of Lisandra’s time training at the UCI Velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland. The UCI offers athletes from developing nations a training program at the center – this project documented Lisandra’s experience living and training for the Olympics. Visit SwissInfo for the audio show or our own portfolio page for just the images.
As we fly home from Rodrigues Island in early November, so begins our annual office season. Like every year, we actually look forward to being home and putting away the travel luggage. Until then, we’ll be doing our thing.
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